Good Morning, HR
Good Morning, HR
Jan 20, 2022
Guns in Texas Workplaces with Vianei Braun
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Coffey visits with attorney Vianei Braun about Texas’ revised handgun law’s implications for businesses.

They discuss the history of Texas’ handgun license-to-carry statutes; the amended law, which no longer requires a license to carry a handgun in the state; reasons why individuals may still choose to obtain a license; signage requirements for businesses who wish to control who carries a handgun on their premises; other practical measures businesses can legally take under the statute; and the actual impact of the law in the months since it was enacted.

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About our Guest:

Vianei Lopez Braun is a shareholder at Decker Jones, P.C., where she heads the labor and employment law group for Decker Jones, P.C. and serves as the firm’s Chief Development Officer. She is a frequent author and speaker on employment law issues.

Vianei is also a member of the Board of Directors of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (FFIN – NASDAQ). She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

At the time of her graduation at age 19, Vianei was the youngest ever female graduate of Princeton University. In addition to appearing on various law-related lists, she has been honored as a “Great Woman of Texas” by the Fort Worth Business Press.

Vianei lives in Fort Worth with a pack of rescue Chihuahuas and with her husband Jason, an attorney in the enforcement division of the SEC.

Vianei can be reached at or (817) 336-2400.

About Mike Coffey:

Mike Coffey is an entrepreneur, human resources professional, licensed private investigator, and HR consultant.

In 1999, he founded Imperative, a background investigations firm helping risk-averse companies make well-informed decisions about the people they involve in their business.

Today, Imperative serves hundreds of businesses across the US and, through its PFC Caregiver & Household Screening brand, many more private estates, family offices, and personal service agencies.

Mike has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence and has twice been named HR Professional of the Year.

Additionally, Imperative is included in the prestigious Best Places to Work in Texas list and has been named the Texas Association of Business’ small business of the year.

Mike is a member of the Fort Worth chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and volunteers with the SHRM Texas State Council.

Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Mike lives in Fort Worth with his very patient wife. He practices yoga and maintains a keto diet, about both of which he will gladly tell you way more than you want to know.

Learning Objectives (for HRCI and SHRM credit):

1. Understand the history of Texas’ handgun license-to-carry laws.

2. Understand Texas businesses’ rights in controlling who carries a handgun on premises.

3. Create handgun policies that are legally compliant and consider the interests of various stakeholders.

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